If there is anything common among all motivational speakers, it is the skill and art of positive thinking. It is a skill because it can be learned, acquired, and improved. It is an art because like any creative endeavor, one can run away with applying the skill to his life and perspective. It is like how one applies the skill of painting to create art. Thus, one can apply the skill of positive thinking to build a positive life.
All of them have a persona that radiates strong positive energy. They will be quick to tell their audience that this comes from positive thinking. They proceed to coach their audience on how to think positively. They give their audiences the assurance that positive thinking attracts positive energy thus attracting only the things that are positive in one’s life. They will explain that positive thinking attracts health, wealth, and good fortune. They swear by this. They stand as testimonies to this truth.
Below are the lessons they teach about positive thinking:
Positive thinking is about gratitude.
As the adage says, count your blessings instead of your problems. There is truth in this because what a person focuses on gets bigger. If a person focuses only on problems, these problems somehow grow in size. Thinking about them too much makes them seem insurmountable. One can even grow in despair and frustration.
By thinking of blessings, the blessings seem to grow in size such that they out number the problems. A person then begins to think that he has enough resources to go against the obstacles to his dreams. He can confront and solve his problems. With this mindset, it is therefore easy to focus on things that are positive and to attract positive situations. A person then becomes even more thankful and gracious of the blessings that he receives.
Motivational speakers will stress that blessings are not just in the form of money. They can take the form of things that money cannot buy. It can mean a roof over one’s head even if one’s pocket may only have a few coins.
Positive thinking is about faith and hope.
Motivational speakers restore the hope and faith of their audience. They tell their audience that nothing is permanent in this world except change—and their situations can always change for the better.
Positive thinking is positive energy.
They explain to their audience that everything is energy and there are two kinds: positive and negative. They explain that in order to attract positive things into one’s life, one has to vibrate with positive energy. They stress the importance of thinking positively in order to pulsate with positivity.
Some of them stop at positive thinking. However, some speakers also stress that actions are also forms of energy. Therefore, to do something positive also makes a person radiate positive energy and thus attract more positive things in his life. This covers not just what a person does but the words he says and uses.
Some speakers stop at positive thinking and positive actions. However, there are still some that emphasize that a person’s intentions also have energy. A person’s intentions must incline to the good in order to attract the positive. They explain that a person can carry out positive actions that can be purely selfish and self-serving. This focus on the good for the self when it means a disadvantage for others negates the positivity of the action. This breed of speakers believes in the integral and holistic approach.
Positive thinking is altruistic.
Motivational speakers tell their clients that if they wish to be successful, they must help others become successful. They teach their audience that they somehow receive what they give away.
Brian Tracy and the late Zing Ziglar are known to tell their audience that the greater the person, the more he is said to offer help to others. They have met well-known, affluent, and influential people. These people are always asking others what they can do to help.
Motivational speakers inspire people to focus more on helping others. They advise that it is a sure way to success.